Con Edison Media Relations
November 7, 2012
CON EDISON ADDS MORE CREWS
FOR RESTORATION AS NOR'EASTER LOOMS
Today's Storm May Cause More Outages
NEW YORK – Con Edison crews working on around-the-clock restorations from Hurricane Sandy will get more help on Wednesday when 300 mutual aid workers arrive just in time for a Nor'easter's arrival.
With fresh crews coming to New York City and Westchester County, more than 3,000 utility workers will be repairing Sandy's damage.
The new weather system approaching the region on Wednesday will bring rain and heavy winds that could slam trees into power lines.
The new storm could delay Con Edison's customer restorations. Crews repairing overhead lines and equipment cannot work in high winds.
Con Edison has built base camps in FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights and at the Queens Hall of Science to host the out-of-town crews. Con Edison also has camps and staging areas at Rye Playland, Westchester County, Citifield in Queens, and at Miller Field in Staten Island's Great Kills Park.
As of midnight, Con Edison has restored power to over 90 percent of the customers affected by the hurricane, with approximately 79,000 customers without electricity out of about 980,000 affected. Customers out of power include approximately 400 in Manhattan, 13,000 in Queens, 15,000 in Brooklyn, 3,300 in Staten Island, and 4,500 in the Bronx.
In Westchester County, the company reported approximately 41,000 customers out of service.
Con Edison also is advising customers in various shore communities with flood and wind damage to electric and gas equipment that the New York City Building Code requires a licensed electrician to certify that their systems can be safely energized. This process is coordinated through the NYC Department of Buildings. Self Certification Forms can be found at www.coned.com.
The damaged shore communities are located in Brooklyn and Queens in Gerritsen Beach, Sea Gate, Red Hook, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Brookville.
Communities in Staten Island include Arrochar, South Beach, Midland Beach, New Dorp Beach, Oakwood Beach, Butler Manor, and Tottenville.
There are approximately 20,000 customers in these communities who will not be restored until their electrical equipment is replaced or repaired.
Customers requiring inside-the-premises electrical work are not listed on the Con Edison Outage Map, and are not included in the total number of outages reported by the company.
Con Edison continues to urge customers in Mid- and Lower Manhattan who were affected by Hurricane Sandy outages to conserve energy as much as possible while crews work to reinforce the underground electric system.
The company says customers can help by refraining from using non-essential appliances such as washers and dryers. Con Edison also is in contact with building owners to encourage limiting use of certain elevator banks or other electrical equipment.
The safety of customers and workers is Con Edison's number one priority. Crews have been responding to more than 100,000 downed wires and are working with emergency services personnel to open blocked roads.
Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com. They also can call 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633). When reporting an outage, it is helpful if customers have their Con Edison account number available, if possible, and report whether their neighbors also have lost power. Customers who report outages will be called by Con Edison with their estimated restoration times as they become available.
The company urges customers to pay close attention to reports from city and municipal officials. Important information will be posted on www.conEd.com.. For instructions on how to report an outage, click here: http://bcove.me/6sx1yox5
Con Edison offers the following safety tips:
- Never operate a portable electric generator indoors or in an attached garage. Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow.
- Use extreme caution before going into a flooded basement. Know whether there are electrified services or unsanitary conditions and wear high rubber boots. Also, know how deep the water is and probe it with a wooden stick, if necessary, to gauge the depth. Keep children out of basements where there is water.
- Do not go near downed wires. Treat downed wires as if they are live. Never attempt to move or touch them with any object. Be mindful that downed wires can be hidden from view by tree limbs, leaves or water.
- Report downed wires to Con Edison and your local police department immediately. If a power line falls on your car while you're in it, stay inside the vehicle and wait for emergency personnel.
- If you have power, charge your cell phones, lap tops and other mobile devices, so that they'll work if you do lose power.
- If your power goes out, turn off all lights and appliances to prevent overloaded circuits when power is restored.
- Check to make sure your flashlights and any battery-operated radios are working. Also, make sure you have a supply of extra batteries. Weather updates and news on power outages can be heard on most local radio and television stations.
The company is in constant communication with the New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Westchester County Department of Emergency Services and company personnel are working closely with city and municipal emergency officials.